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Michael McDonald


Location: Thomastown Co. Kilkenny

Farm size: 60 Ha

System: Suckler to weanling


Michael farms part time with the help of his father John. The land is divided in two blocks the home farm which would be heavy ground while the land would be much drier on the out farm. Grazing infrastructure on the farm was poor but since the start of the programme a lot of work has been done putting paddocks and water system in place. The majority of the swards are old so a fair bit of reseeding will have to take place.

Currently Michael is running 70 autumn calving cows and the aim is to increase numbers to over 100. The plan is to sell male progeny as heavy bulls at 10 to 12 months of age and sell all his surplus heifers in calf in the autumn time of year.